10 Tips for the Best Ski Vacation in Aspen

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Article by Kim Hull


Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #1
Get in ski shape before you visit

10 Tips for the Best Ski Vacation in Aspen - Tip 1To make the most of your time on the slopes, some time spent pre-ski conditioning will get your body ready for high-altitude fun and also help prevent injury.

Rachelle Edinger, a Personal Trainer at the Aspen Club & Spa, put together a ski conditioning program for getting us into top ski shape before we ever clicked into our skis.

Check out Rachelle’s ski conditioning suggestions »

Ski Conditioning
Ski Conditioning
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Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #2
Leave your stuff at home

10 Tips for the Best Ski Vacation in Aspen - Tip 2What if you just went to the airport, flew to Aspen, and then someone brought everything you needed to your hotel, condo or house?  Boot fittings with a glass of wine in hand. Now we’re talking.

Check out Ski Butlers-they bring it all to you (well, except the wine) »

Aspen Ski Butlers, Aspen, Colorado
Aspen Ski Butlers, Aspen, Colorado
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Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #3
The perfect spot for some zzzzs

10 Tips for the Best Ski Vacation in Aspen - Tip 3Finding a great hotel for your Aspen ski vacation is easy – making a choice may be a little more difficult.

Aspen has a wide variety of accommodations from quaint hotels to luxurious condominiums. Things to consider – while staying in the central core, or downtown Aspen will be more expensive but highly convenient for après, shopping and dining. Staying at Highlands or Buttermilk is ski in/ski out, but can be a bit quiet in the evenings. Families love the atmosphere at Snowmass, but it is about 15 miles from Aspen (the bus is free).


Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #4
Choose the best ski gear

10 Tips for the Best Ski Vacation in Aspen - Tip 4We all want to be comfy & warm all day on the mountain & a big part of accomplishing that lies with our ski gear choices. What makes some ski gear better than the rest?

Hear it from an expert – a former ski racer who loves skiing, owns two Aspen ski shops, and simply believes in things done right.

Bill Miller of Hamilton Sports & Miller Sports walks us through some options for the best in ski jackets, ski pants, and skis.

Aspen shppping: Hamilton Sports
Aspen shopping: Hamilton Sports
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Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #5
Which mountain should you ski or ride? Hmm, Aspen has four.

10 Tips for the Best Ski Vacation in Aspen - Tip 5Finding a mountain for your skill level or mood for the day is easy in Aspen – there’s four to choose from!

Whether you are looking for some green gliding or the most challenging inbounds skiing in the state of Colorado, you will find it at AspenSnowmass. Check out all four:

Aspen
Aspen Highlands
Buttermilk
Snowmass

Aspen Highlands, Aspen, Colorado
Aspen Highlands, Aspen, Colorado Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #6
Aspen Eats

10 Tips for the Best Ski Vacation in Aspen - Tip 6You are sure to work up an appetite while in Aspen and your palate will be pleased with the variety and quality of Aspen restaurants.

From five course dinners to a bite on the run, Aspen restaurants offer something for everyone. A few of our favorites…

  • Red Onion. Aspen’s oldest restaurant with a great bar and great happy hour beer prices.
  • J-Bar.  Always a fun crowd with a healthy number of locals.
  • Matsuhisa. Best sushi in town and good bar specials.
  • Ajax Tavern. Best location (base of the gondola) for people watching.
  • Brexi. Good bar menu deals.
  • Cache Cache. Prettiest bar in Aspen. Again, good bar menu specials.
  • Mezzaluna. Guess what – great après menu! Our go-to-spot for pizza.

Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #7
A night out on the town

10 Tips for the Best Ski Vacation in Aspen - Tip 7When the sun goes down, Aspen’s nightlife comes alive.

Dinner? Drinks? Theatre? Ballet? A concert? Aspen offers world-class entertainment in some of the finest venues anywhere.

Be sure to stop by the Wheeler Opera House, Aspen’s cultural showcase & premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events and opera performances since opening night on April 23, 1889.

Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, Colorado
Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, Colorado Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Photo credit: Rosalie O’Connor. Photo courtesy of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet brings touring dance companies from around the world to Aspen in both the summer and winter seasons. The company regularly performs at the Kennedy Center, American Dance Festival, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and New York’s Joyce Theater, as well in cities around the world.

Belly Up Aspen is an intimate venue in downtown Aspen that hosts over 300 live concerts a year with musical talent ranging from Jane’s Addiction to Wyclef Jean to Seal.

The choices are yours – put together your favorite combination and enjoy your night on the town. Aspen awaits.


Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #8
Take a day off and go to the spa

10 Tips for the Best Ski Vacation in Aspen - Tip 8Aspen is filled with luxurious spas – find the perfect place for a tranquil day of pampering & indulgence.

The Aspen Club, Aspen, Colorado
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Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #9
Take a lesson from a pro

10 tips for the best ski vacation - #9 ski schoolSki lessons are a great way to start any ski trip, regardless of your skiing level. And, if it’s your first ski trip, ski lessons are a must.

The ski school at Aspen Snowmass is recognized worldwide as one of the best.

They offer group lessons, which can be great fun, as well as private tuition.

Aspen Snowmass Ski School, Aspen, Colorado
Aspen Snowmass Ski School, Aspen, Colorado
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Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #10
A bit of Aspen shopping

10 tips for the best ski vacation - #10Aspen has a wide variety of shopping options, from toiny boutiques to local retailers to art galleries.

Head downtown for an afternoon stroll to discover all that Aspen stores have to offer.

Aspen Food & Wine Classic 2012

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10 tips for the best ski vacation in Aspen
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